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Uco Valley

Bodega La Luz del Vino

17.02.2021, Travel Автор: Nataliia Burlachenko, Brand Ambassador of Vinos de La Luz, Sommelier

A state-of-the-art company in the beautiful Uco Valley.


Bodega La Luz del Vino is located at the foot of Cerro Tupungato Mountain, in the Uco Valley, Mendoza province. The Uco Valley is located at the north of the Tunuyan River at an altitude of 900 to 1200 meters above sea level and is surrounded by the Andes. Its total length is 17370 sq. km. It is a fertile region with an average rainfall and almost daily frosts in June, July and August. An ideal place for wine tourism: in winter, it is the other way round.

Bodega owns 120 hectares of vineyards, which are located in the highest places of the province, at the foot of the Andes. It should be emphasized that the vineyards Vinos de La Luz are the oldest in the Uco Valley.

Bodega La Luz del Vino

Despite its close proximity to wildlife,  is a state-of-the-art company. It produces 500 000 liters of wine per year, the production capacity is 1 800 000 liters. The winery is equipped with many modern production resources, including those intended for vinification in both concrete and stainless steel tanks. The harvested grapes enter the tailored “cold” premises to prevent commencement of the fermentation process. The barrels and finished product storage facilities have a programmable cooling system, which guarantees the absence of sudden temperature changes.

Barrels (600 of them) are made from French oak, with a volume of 160 and 250 liters, as well as from Slavonian oak – for 500 and 6500 liters. The barrel park is partially renewed at the rate of 100 barrels per year. The winery has a research and development department responsible for carrying out various types of microvinification based on the results of study of selected grape varieties in different areas of the Uco Valley.

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Tasting notes

Callejon del Crimen wine line is a story of love and passion that dates back to the 60s and is dedicated to the silent observers and guardians of the Uco Valley vineyards: the wild owls. The peculiarity of the terroirs makes our Callejon del Crimen wines unique and inimitable. Episodio del Callejon is a 100% Malbec from Vista Flores. Young red wine is made in cement tanks, without vinification in oak. It conserves the energy of the highaltitude vineyards and develops in a bottle sealed with a high quality screw cap. The production output is 100 000 bottles per year, and these wines are intended exclusively for the international  market.

Callejon del Crimen Malbec Reserva is a 100% Malbec from Vista Flores. 25-year-old vines grow on sandy-loamy soil with alluvial and volcanic deposits at an altitude of 1150 m above sea level. The wine is aged for 8 months in French oak barrels. The aroma contains red fruits, ripe plums, blackberries, and spices, primarily black pepper. Chocolate and vanilla notes. 150 000 bottles a year are produced.

Callejon Del Crimen Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva is a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Vista Flores. 25-year-old vineyards at an altitude of 1150 above sea level. Aging – 8 months in French oak barrels. Deep ruby red color. The aroma is dominated by fresh red fruits, spices: white pepper and notes of tobacco. The taste is delicate and complex, with good structure and well-integrated tannins. Production output: 50 000 bottles.

Callejon Del Crimen Chardonnay is a 100% Chardonnay from Gualtagliari. 5-year-old vines grow on limestone soils with alluvial deposits at an altitude of 1350 m above sea level. 20% of the total grape must is fermented in French oak barrels and aged for 4 months in French oak barrels. The aroma reveals tropical fruits, citrus fruits, honey and vanilla. On the palate: the wine offers freshness preserved due to natural acidity, fruity and balanced buttery aftertaste. Production: 10 000 bottles.

Callejon Del Crimen Malbec Gran Reserva is a 100% Malbec from Vista Flores. Terroir is a loamy soil with alluvial and volcanic deposits. 25 year old vines grow at an altitude of 1150 m above sea level. Aging: 12 months in French oak barrels. The aroma reveals ripe red fruits, plums, and violets. Subtle notes of tobacco, coffee and vanilla. The taste is complex, mineral, with a good structure, soft and ripe tannins. Balanced, with a persistent aftertaste. Production: 100 000 bottles.

Callejon del Crimen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon is a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Vista Flores, vines age is 25 years, height – 1150 m above sea level. The wine spent 12 months in French oak barrels. The aroma contains ripe red fruits, cherries, black currants, mint and spices, subtle notes of tobacco and chocolate. Blackberry and cherry on the palate. Balanced and velvety finish with elegant and round tannins. Production output: 20 000 bottles.

Callejon del Crimen Gran Reserva Petit Verdot is a 100% Petit Verdot from Vista Flores. 25 year old vines, 1150 m above sea level, aging: 12 months in French oak barrels. The aroma contains ripe black fruits, cherries, black currants, mint and spices. Subtle notes of tobacco and chocolate are present. Balanced and velvety finish with elegant and round tannins. The production output is 20 000 bottles.

Callejon Del Crimen Winemaker Selection: 85% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot, and 5% Merlot. The soils are diverse: 20% from Altamira (1100 m above sea level), 20% from Vista Flores (1150 m above sea level), and 60% from Gualtagliari (1350 m above sea level). The aroma reveals mineral and spicy notes, ripe black plum. The taste is elegant and expressive, with silky and velvety tannins. The notes of chocolate and tobacco are resulting from the vinification in a French oak barrel. Balanced and persistent aftertaste. Aging: 12 months in French oak barrels. Production output: 12000 bottles.

Iluminado Malbec Paraje Altamira Argentina is a 100% Malbec from Altamira (1100 m above sea level). Aging is 12 months in French oak barrels with a volume of 160 liters and 12 months in a bottle. The aroma reveals ripe red and black fruits, delicate mineral notes. These aromas are in harmony with subtle notes of tobacco, vanilla and chocolate. The wine is full-bodied, with a well integrated acidity. Production output: 3500 bottles. Wine potential – 20 years.